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Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is endorsing indie rocker John Roderick over current City Council President Tim Burgess and two other candidates in this year’s race for one of the council’s two remaining at-large positions as it moves to voting by district for its other seven seats.

McGinn’s selection should boost Roderick’s credibility with the 47.5 percent of Seattle voters who backed the fiery, bicycle-riding mayor in his unsuccessful 2013 re-election bid. Roderick’s, a singer and guitarist whose band is The Long Winters, also picked up the local Sierra Club chapter’s sole endorsement Monday.

The former mayor’s endorsement for Position 8 is also a jab at Burgess, a 2013 mayoral candidate in his own right with whom McGinn tangled during his years at City Hall.

Burgess shepherded a subsidized-preschool pilot program onto last November’s ballot, where it was approved by Seattle voters. But the former police detective is widely viewed as the council’s most conservative member and aligned with elites and the business community.

“I got to know John when I was mayor, because he was a leader in the arts and culture community, in the music scene,” McGinn said. “He’s an artist running for office, which is different from the usual script. But he also knows this town well and he cares about it a lot.”

Roderick supports municipal broadband and more mass transit and he lives in diverse Southeast Seattle, said McGinn, also noting that the musician has criticized Mayor Ed Murray’s new “9 1/2 Block Strategy” to combat crime related to drug-dealing downtown.

“I think he recognizes, and he said this the other night in a forum, that the city isn’t 9 1/2 blocks big,” McGinn said. “He lives in the Southeast and I bet you some blocks down there would like a more attention.”

The former mayor knocked Burgess for supporting the now-stalled Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement-tunnel project and for not adequately addressing an increase in crime from 2013 to 2014, saying Roderick would provide better oversight.

The race for Position 8, which also includes former Tenants Union director Jonathan Grant and union longshoreman John Persak, pits a “well-funded candidate supported by the downtown interests” against “a candidate who isn’t the usual politician and who’s interested in the broader community.”

Burgess, endorsed Monday by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy and previously endorsed by a number of labor unions, including powerful SEIU Local 775, has raised more than $147,000 after launching his campaign in January.

Roderick has piled up more than $55,500 over a shorter amount of time. He and Grant were jointly endorsed last weekend by the 32nd District Democrats and the King County Young Democrats. Grant was also endorsed by the 46th District Dems.